Moving Tips

Give notification
Make sure you notify schools, old and new. Notify the utility companies and if you are moving out of town, remember to obtain your medical and dental records. It's also a good idea to send change of address cards to your friends and relatives.

Items not to be moved
Decide which items you don't want to move and either arrange a garage sale or give them to a charity of your choice. A lot of items you no longer need might be helpful to friends and family.

One last look
When you're finished packing, take a last look. Check all your closets, your basement, garages and sheds. On such a busy day, it's easy to leave things behind. Make sure you have everything.

Open first
Pack one or two bags to take with you and mark the one or two boxes you will need immediately in your new home “open first”. This way, upon arriving at your destination you will know where to find everything you need.

It's very easy to make this common mistake and pack away items such as your keys, your plane tickets, and directions to your new house etc. While packing, make sure you know where all these items are.

Getting your kids involved is important to easing the transition to a new home. Moving can be particularly stressful for children. They have to deal with saying good byes to their friends, dealing with a new school and of course, leaving the security and comfort sometimes the only home they have ever known.

Talk to your children and explain why you are moving. Get them excited with talking about all the positives of the new place but also listen to their worries and concerns.
Involve the children in the move and finding a new home. Have them pack some personal items and assure them their items are coming with them and they will feel helpful and useful. Pack a few of your children's favorite toys, books and snacks to enjoy during the move. It is sometimes a good idea to get the kids a gift for the new home.

When moving with kids with special need please refer to this article


This is the key to an easier transfer, regardless of the mode of transportation chosen. Travel arrangements should be made in advance of moving day. A good idea is to designate one person in the family for moving your pet. The pet may come with you in the car or plane or be moved separately by a pet mover but in both ways advance planning is key.

  1. Take your pet to your vet for a checkup and get your pet’s documents . Inquire about sedation or other meds your pet may need for travel; ask your vet to recommend a colleague in the new city.
  2. Obtain a travel identification tag.
  3. Check if your destination state has any pet entry regulations or requirements. Many states have laws applicable to the entry of dogs, cats, and other pets. Tropical fish are many times the only exception. Representatives of the state department of agriculture are usually present at airports and may inspect any pets arriving by air.
  4. The documents pertaining to your pet’s health are important. You may be asked to show them at any time, especially when traveling, so it is advisable to keep them handy. Any or all of the following may be required:
  5. Administer a sedative or tranquilizer if veterinarian has prescribed one.
  6. Do not feed or water the pet just before traveling .Take treats that will help keeping your pet happy and will do for snacks during the day.
  7. Plan stops at regular intervals to give your pet a drink and a short walk. Rest areas make good stopping places.
  8. Never let your dog or cat loose in a strange place.
  9. Always attach the leash before opening the car door and detach it after the pet is back inside and the door closed.
  10. Keep the pet in your arms or on a short leash in motel or hotel lobbies and other public buildings.

Last Minute Car Checklist
• Travel identification and rabies tags attached to pet’s collar?
• Necessary health documents and pet’s veterinary record on hand?
• Pet’s travel kit packed?
• Water container filled for pet?
• A leash in the car? Scooper? Bags?
• Sedative or tranquilizer administered to pet?
• Cage or carrier fixed in place so it won’t tip or slide around?

Birds & Small Caged Pets

  • Birds and small pets, such as gerbils and hamsters, can generally travel in the cage they use at home.
  • Travel tends to have an adverse effect on birds. They are very susceptible to drafts and sudden changes in temperature, as well as being easily frightened. To keep the bird calm, its cage should be covered while on the road.
  • Remove the water container from the cage to avoid spills. Place the cage in the car out of drafts but with plenty of ventilation, and be sure it will not tip over.
  • Give the pet fresh water at every stop small pets become dehydrated very quickly, particularly during hot weather. Feed at usual time.

Tropical Fish

  • Tropical fish are susceptible to an abrupt change in water temperature, and their condition is directly affected by overcrowding. To transport tropical fish by car, it is best to remove them from the aquarium unless it is a small one of five gallons or less that can be moved without too much danger of breakage. An unbreakable container of a size easily handled when it is half-full of water is usually best.
  • Add the fish (don’t overcrowd) and close the top. Open the container or plastic bag every four or five hours to freshen the air supply.
  • Remove the aquarium accessories; empty and dry the aquarium. Pack carefully, or have the mover pack them for you.
  • At destination, replace water and fish in the aquarium as soon as possible. Add tap water a little at a time to fill the aquarium to the proper level, letting the fish adjust gradually to the new water.
  • New water may need treatment before use to neutralize any chemicals it might contain. Neutralizers can be purchased at most pet shops.

On arrival in your new home

  • Dogs and cats encounter many of the same problems people have in moving to a new place. Changes in the taste of the water, new sites and smells and a colder or warmer climate may take time getting used to. To speed that “at home” feeling, use the pet’s familiar food and water dishes, bed, blanket and toys.